The Papal can make this apology to gays if he thinks that’s what he should do, but I can’t agree with him. Individuals and groups may be “offended” by any number of behaviors and attitudes, and that’s an unavoidable aspect of human nature.
Call it racism, call it discrimination or any “ism” you will; it is among the oldest impulses wired into us, and very little evidence exists to suggest we will ever be much different despite the social constructs we engage in by way of conditioning, laws, mores and so on.
I see what he’s trying to do but to make it a mass declaration I think is a massive overreach. Also, an apology without concrete actions to address the issue doesn’t mean a thing; do something to ensure LGBT and all the disadvantaged people are treated equally and equitably and morally and with the same respect accorded others.
Nobody is going to accept an apology for being thought of as gay. Best to think of others in a right way, instead of building social boundaries with what sexuality others are. Our cultures seem to be creating the concept of homosexuality more than it would otherwise without politics.
From ABC News:
Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.
Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Karl Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them.
Francis responded with a variation of his famous “Who am I to judge?” comment and a repetition of church teaching that gays must not be discriminated against but treated with respect.
He said some politicized behaviors of the homosexual community can be condemned for being “a bit offensive for others.” But he said: “Someone who has this condition, who has good will and is searching for God, who are we to judge?”
“We must accompany them,” Francis said.
“I think the church must not only apologize … to a gay person it offended, but we must apologize to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced into labor, apologize for having blessed so many weapons” and for having failed to accompany families who faced divorces or experienced other problems.
Religion and Politics are two subjects where it’s hard to agree. But lately, I find that the Catholic Church does nothing else but apologize. It is supposed to be the Church of the poor, the meek and it is supposed to always help people in need. I see nothing of the sort, except a Pope flying around the world apologizing, If the Catholic Church actually cared for its FLOCK there would be no apologies, but help and understanding.
Furthermore, I think Clinton era politics used the concept of homosexuality for appearing more accepting to make social gains politically. Had there never been Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, there never would be an appeal to politics, more people would be treated as equal in the workforce to gain their full potential. Not sure what good will occur with what is happening in society now.
I am not a Catholic so I do not understand their ways. I won’t even speak to that I don’t know but I will say that whatever comes from this I’ll be watching and so should you.
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